In the last 8 years, I have been part of some amazing teams where we designed and built 3 different award-winning homes, but I still have a lot to learn and explore in order to achieve my dream: to create the next generation of homes.
I always tried to imagine the perfect home and after two pre-certified homes and working with Living Building Challenge, BREAM and Green Homes standard, I felt there’s a lot of room for improvment. Today this type of certification only tackles the product, missing anything else.
From my point of view the perfect living / the perfect home should incorporate the following 3 dimensions and this is how I end up creating the CIP Diagram, with more details to follow.
THE PRODUCT CALLED HOME
HOW DO WE INTERACT WITH OUR HOME (AND OTHERS’)
WHAT LIVING MEANS
I. THE PRODUCT CALLED HOME
This is where I have the most experience and where sustainability standards (BREEAM, LEED, WELLBEING INSTITUTE) are doing a great job of getting the bigger picture.
To do: In the next 3 years, I want to design 3 homes in 3 different extreme and harsh environments. I cannot say what is the level of details I am going to achieve and when, but the plan is to go as far as possible and one day to actually build each one of them. In the last edition of Solar Decathlon, I learnt once again that there is so much knowledge across the world in creating homes, related to climate, to culture & heritage, to the economy, lessons we did not yet learn.
3 different homes in 3 very different places
one in the extremely hot (let’s say Sahara)
one in the extreme cold (let’s say Nord Pole)
the last one, most difficult, on Mars (waiting for other smart people to decide the place of the colony).
The international competition for solar houses called Solar Decathlon, Middle East edition is the reason why 15 teams from 11 countries came here with 15 solar homes are now open to visits in Solar Innovation Center in Dubai.
Until 29th you can visit us in Solar Innovation Center (60km from Burj Kalifa into the desert) between 9.00 – 12.00 from Sunday to Wednesday and 9.00 – 18.00 from Thursday to Saturday. Plan your visit here.
During the 10 days period, all the participating houses are monitored and tested on 10 different contests, 6 with international jurors and 4 with sensors installed in every house. In the same period the houses are open for visits, offering guided tours to everyone interested.
Solar Decathlon was created by the US Department of Energy in 2001 and it now takes place on more than 5 continents becoming a worldwide phenomenon. In the last 8 years I have participated in 2012 edition in Madrid, 2014 edition in Versailles, and now in Dubai.
This is also the reason why EFdeN home and I are here.
In the last two years, we had to design and build an amazing 100% electric home, solar powered and sustainable. We built it in Romania this summer, and then we had to disassemble and transport it to Dubai where we reassembled in just 14 days.